Top performances

October 26, 1998

300-yard passer

Player, Team .. .. .. ..C-A .. .. .. Yds. .. .. .TD

Brunell, Jac. .. .. . 28-46 .. .. .. 353 .. .. .. 3

100-yard rushers

Player, Team .. .. .. .. No. .. .. .. Yds. .. .. TD

Kaufman, Oak. .. .. .. . 31 .. .. ... 143 .. .... 0

George, Ten. .. .. .. .. 21 ... .. .. 137 .. .. . 0

Davis, Den. .. .. .. ... 31 .. .. ... 136 .. .. . 3

Smith, Min. .. .. .. ... 19 .. .. ... 134 .. .. . 1

Sanders, Det. .. .. .. . 24 .. .. ... 127 .. .. . 0

100-yard receivers

Player, Team .. .. .. .. No. .. .. .. Yds. .. .. TD

Galloway, Sea. .. .. .. . 4 .. .. ... 130 .. .. . 1

Smith, Jac. .. .. .. .. . 8 .. .. ... 121 .. .. . 0

Owens, S.F. .. .. .. .. . 5 .. .. ... 120 .. .. . 1

Jefferson, N.E. .. .. ... 4 .. .. ... 116 .. .. . 0

McCardell, Jac. .. .. ... 9 .. .. ... 113 .. .. . 0

Freeman, G.B. .. .. .. .. 9 .. .. ... 103 .. .. . 1

Quotable

"We were definitely stumbling on offense. You want to be perfect, and we're not exactly perfect. We're hanging in there. That's what we've got to do."

-- Dan Marino, Dolphins quarterback, on team's success despite its sluggish offense.

"We just made all those errors out there. God, you don't see those in junior high, or Pop Warner."

-- Barry Sanders, Lions running back, after Detroit had 14 penalties for 169 yards in a 34-13 loss to Minnesota.

We went out there and laid an egg in a very important game. I'm as baffled as anyone outside looking in, and I'm inside looking out."

-- Warren Sapp, Bucs defensive lineman, after Tampa Bay's 9-3 loss at New Orleans.

Injury report

Chris Hudson, Jaguars S: Sprained ankle.

Dave Thomas, Jaguars CB: Sprained ankle.

Ernie Conwell, Rams TE: Torn knee ligaments.

Amp Lee, Rams RB: Broke left hand.

Isaac Bruce, Rams WR: Strained right hamstring.

Brandon Mitchell, Patriots DT: Fractured right foot.

Howard Griffith, Broncos FB: Strained right hamstring.

Tim Dwight, Falcons WR: Sprained knee.

Ronnie Bradford, Falcons CB: Sprained knee.

Jessie Tuggle, Falcons LB: Sprained left ankle.

Darren Bennett, Chargers P: Sprained left knee.

By the numbers

Records: The Broncos' Jason Elam kicked a 63-yard field goal, tying the mark set by Tom Dempsey in 1970. The 49ers' Jerry Rice set an NFL record for receptions in 184 consecutive games, breaking the mark set by Art Monk from 1980-95.

Streaks: The Broncos have won 12 straight games including the postseason last year, and extended their regular-season winning streak at home to 20 games, a franchise record. Steve Young of the 49ers ended his record streak of six straight 300-yard passing games. Miami has not allowed a touchdown in 14 quarters at home. The 49ers beat the Rams for the 16th straight time. The Patriots' Robert Edwards had rushed for touchdowns in six straight games, an NFL rookie record, before being shut out yesterday. Jets coach Bill Parcells is 5-0 coaching against Atlanta's Dan Reeves. The Jets broke an 11-game slide against the NFC West. With their fourth-quarter sack of Trent Dilfer, the Saints extended their streak of consecutive games with a sack to 56, four shy of the NFL record.

Milestones: The Broncos' Terrell Davis has 1,001 yards for the season, making him only the third player in NFL history to reach 1,000 in seven games. The Falcons' Steve DeBerg, 44, became the oldest starting quarterback in NFL history The Vikings' Gary Anderson' became the first kicker in NFL history with 400 career field goals.

Ups: The Saints, who allowed an average of about 31 points and 383 yards in losses to New England, San Francisco and Atlanta the three previous weeks, held Tampa Bay to 238 yards in total offense.

Downs: The Patriots had two interceptions and two sacks on their first three possessions against the Dolphins, and ended the first period with no first downs and no points. The Oilers had four turnovers that led to 17 Bears points.

Next week

49ers (6-1) at Packers (5-2): Steve Young and Brett Favre square off in a rematch of the NFC championship game. With a loss, Green Bay could fall three games behind the Vikings in the NFC Central.

Dolphins (5-2) at Bills (4-3): Which is harder to believe, Miami fans booing Dan Marino or Doug Flutie mania sweeping Buffalo? What looked like just another game now shapes up to be an important AFC East contest.

Pub Date: 10/26/98

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